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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)

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545 Ratings

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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 25.81%
Wants: 6
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries visit their website
Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001)
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Photo of mmmbeer
1.75/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Didn't really know what this was until I brought it home and looked up some reviews. Seems to be a Russian malt liquor. 500 mL bottle, best before Nov. 13, 2005 - served in a pilsner glass. It actually looks OK. Kind of a pale yellow with lots of carbonation and a 1 finger head that leaves a decent amount of lace. Smells of sweet, metallic corn with a bit of alcohol - very macroish. The taste isn't very pleasant. It's thick, tastes the same as the smell and has no hops to speak of. Mouthfeel isn't impressive and as far as drinkability, it's the closest I've come to dumping a beer I'm reviewing down the drain.

mmmbeer, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of donnebaby
1.73/5  rDev -38%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Very clear, gold body, watery-looking and possibly thin. Filmy, dry haze is sticky. Nose is sweet, with an edge of stankness and minerals, but not betraying the level of booze.

Is this a malt liquor???

Taste is macroswill with a definite touch of booze. Unbalanced and really pretty unpleasant to drink. More stank, more minerals, strip-mined from the malts. Lightly sweet in the after.

donnebaby, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is maybe even lighter than the #3 with a head that was just as big and white.

Smell – The grain here is not quite as big as its little brother “Classic”, but there’s a presence of alcohol from this 8.0% ABV monster.

Taste – Yes, the booze trumps the modest grain leaving this one tasting like mild ghetto juice.

Mouthfeel – This lager is light to medium-bodied with some light carbonation and a sharp alcohol sting.

Drinkability – This went down a litter rougher than the #3. I can enjoy and appreciate a stiff, boozy brew but this was a bit harsh for my preferences.

RoyalT, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
2.8/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean light yellow/straw colored beer. Has big tightly bubbeled bright white head. The aroma is light malt /biscuit with a hint of grassiness in the background. Almost no real flavor at all. Some hints of a biscuity malt in there (very light) and also the hops are only hinted at in the finish. It doesn't taste bad and if you want a buzz this will give you one.

ybnorml, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of soper2000
2.23/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think curiosity is an inherent trait of all BA's and this curiosity led me to pick up a bottle of this brew. Upon opening the bottle I immediately smell a strong sweet maltiness that is a tad over the top, almost like a concentrated macro lager. Appearance is straw yellow with a large soapy looking white head which leaves large bubbles on the sides of my glass instead of a gentle lacing. Taste is initially grainy before finishing super super sweet, a floral type of sweetness. No alcohol is detectable. Not very pleasing to me. I'd like to try other beers from Baltika as this one will not be a repeat buy for me.

soper2000, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of Brent
1.5/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Ghastly. Essentially, this is imported bad malt liquor. Cidery malt, with an overwhelming fusel alcohol presence. Phenolic medicinal notes. A strong lager can be done well, or, as this demonstrates, very, very badly. I've had a couple of beers from this brewery that weren't too bad, so I wonder how they can crank this stuff out - perhaps this works with the local taste.

Brent, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of ghurux86
3.7/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a light clear straw yellow. the head is white and fluffy but doesn't stay to long.
you can plainly smell hops with some alcochol among other scents, fairly complex.
taste is rather good, some white grape and hops, the alcohol is masked very well but the warmth is relevent in the end.
mouth feel is not bad, but not amazing, fairly thin, carbonation level is matched rather nicely to the body.
i could drink this one for a while, but the ABV could slow me down.

ghurux86, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of heinekenike
2.93/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm--a little cidery for me. A pale yellow appearance, smell is okay. A nice billowing white head which prevented me from pouring the whole bottle.

But the taste is very apple-y and sweet, like I was trying a radler for some reason. There is a late taste of the alcohol, but it's pretty smooth. Maybe it can be passed off as a wine cooler. >:-)

heinekenike, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.48/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Okay, trying it again after having the bottled version, the alcohol warmth is kind of welcoming. There's still a big sugary taste, but for some reason it doesn't bother me as much. Still, there's an undeniable attraction to being able to buy this from a kiosk on almost any residential corner in Russia and to drink it just while walking around!

DrunkMcDermott, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of Skidz
1.4/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours out pale straw and stis light, bright gold in the glass with a large white head, fading fast to a light skim, moving to the sides.

Aroma is pure malt and grass. Dried, decaying banana peel, and soft, bruised apples. Leafy hops dangle in the background, mildly spicy.

Tastes faintly sweet, almost sickeningly so when combined with its rather harsh, dry spicing, and alcoholic warmth. Like sucking on a twig that's been drenched in vodka. Destroys all sense of taste...and that's the best thing it has to offer; relief.

Light, watery and suitably carbonated. No reason to keep it in your mouth for very long, swallow and get it over with.

This beer has it's niche in the market of those who enjoy drinking swillish beers that look more sophisticated than Budweiser or Coors. I personally couldn't tell the difference and would rather have kept this one in the bottle.

Skidz, Jan 25, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
2.3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Interesting foil wrapped top and decorative motif. Best before 10/02/05.

Crystal clear light straw hued pour with a thin bubbly bone white head cap.

Adjunts abound with chemical almost rubber like scents. Some corn adjuncts are prevalent. Leafy honey notes.

First Swigs: Dry grassy pilsner like hops. Medicinal herbal notes. Sweet grassy honey flavors. Floral notes but a harsh medicinal lingering aftertaste almost reminds me of regular Listerine. Grainy malts are pronounced.

Slick tacky syrupy feel that leaves a coating on me tongue while being thin to medium bodied. Soft carbonation.

Last Swigs: Whew! Flat malt liquor. Honeyish pilsner. Another $1.60 BALTIKA 16.9 oz’er with a whopping 8.0% ABV. What an interesting brewery. Better than most basic macro swill, but not by much.

Beer is good. Happy Ruskie beering.

blitheringidiot, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of WetCoaster
2.48/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Usually, I'll go through the whole review process, but with this brew there's no real reason: This is Russia's answer to Colt 45. The appearance is decent (fine carbonation, good head, deep gold) and it has some body, but aside from a hint of malt sweetness, this is just a mediocre macro-esque lager concealing a hefty dose of grain spirits.

In short, it sucks.

Baltika CAN make a decent beer; their #6 Baltic Porter is quite tasty and a steal at @ $1.75. Don't waste your time with the 9.

WetCoaster, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of jlervine
3.48/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent rich yellow with a white frothy head. The head dips down within a minute to leave lacing on the sides of the glass and Belgian lace across the top of the beer. The aroma has a big musty graininess to it, with a bit of medicinal herbal hops. Hint of alcohol, and hint creamed corn tossed in for good measure. Very aggressive carbonation rips across the tongue, barely giving anything a chance to be sampled. Herbal raw bitterness leads the second advance moving to a mild alcohol bite wrapped in residual sweetness. Simplest way to describe this would be malt liquor with hops, and not quite as thick. Mouthfeel is mildly coating, and the carbonation really works the palate over like Ivan Drago. All in all, not a bad brew, and undeserving of the low rating it seems to have garnered for itself.

jlervine, Sep 30, 2004
Photo of diamonddave
2.28/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

According to the label on the back, "Baltika Extra is a pale beer brewed from the best ingredients according to an advanced technology." Hmm... probably the same technology they used to train Ivan Drago in "Rocky IV".

Congratulations, comrades- your advanced technology has given us a beer that tastes and smells like any generic Eurolager. You know the score: it smells grainy and tastes bitter in that "skunky but supposed to be" way. I guess the difference between Baltika #9 and Heineken is that Baltika's high alcohol content adds a slight rubbing alcohol aftertaste.

At 8% ABV, this does pack a punch. But at $1.89 for a pint (okay, 16.9 oz.), you might as well pick up a 40 of Olde English, get more of a buzz and rest easy knowing you're not contributing to Mother Russia's nuclear re-armament and eventual world takeover. C'mon folks, it's obvious: the Russkies are lying low, trying to get us blitzed on their shitty high-alcohol lager so that we'll be easier to defeat when World War III kicks off. Perestroika, my ass.

Just say "nyet"!

diamonddave, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of maxpower
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a clear straw golden color with a decent white head that doesn't last too long, musty grainy and flowery aromas. Bready and grainy flavors, medium bodied, nice crisp and carbonated mouthfeel, finishes sweet yet clean, a decent malt liquor, I had no problem finishing the bottle.

maxpower, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
2.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well, this beer looked OK... poured out a nice yellow color with a head that dissolved to foamy lace rings that clung to the side of the glass.

Then it started to go down. The smell was just plain average... pale malts with aromatic hops.

Then the taste... medicinal, and alcohol. No hop quality, no bitterness... just like drinking some sort of watered-down decongestant. Plain bad.

I got three from this brewery, and I find myself praying the others are better than this.

connecticutpoet, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of Ellbert
2.3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: light colored with a small white head that faded quickly. This left almost no lace.

Smell: Sweet malt, maybe corn? Very clean aroma other than that. Kinda boring.

Taste: Sweet upfront with nothing to balance it out. Alcohol is very evident which is not pleasant in this brew. It is too thin to have that much alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Very thin. A beer that is 8% shouldn't be this thin. It makes it very hard to drink.

Not that great of a beer. It wasn't horrible but not really worth it.

Ellbert, Jun 09, 2004
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
2.65/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is no Hevelius Kaper! Thin, sweet, and it certainly has some adjuncts. Not terrible, but only worth it if you want the alcohol "bang for your buck". If your looking for a good, high ABV Baltic lager, get the Kaper. This one is a little hard to swallow!

JohnnyDuvel, Jun 02, 2004
Photo of putnam
2.98/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Loads of tropical fruit-flavored carboard jumps out at my nose after detopping this beer. Sweet glycerin textures deliver buttered iron, tangerine, fruit cocktail and steamy loaves of glazed bread-like flavors.

I think high alcohol beers have a challenge justifying their existence in terms of flavor. This one doesn't quite rise to it.

putnam, May 21, 2004
Photo of Andreji
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Right past the great experience I had with nr. 6, baltika 9 was an absolute disappointment.

Of the order of other strong crap lagers, say, Bavaria's 12.3, this beer is dull as a lager (a bit more orangey but hey, nothing out of the order), excessively sweet, bad in hops, perceivable alcohol....etc. There's really nothing great to it aside from where it comes from (hehe but that's personal now).

Andreji, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden brew.

Smells sweet with mild perfume, similar to the smell of malt liquor + a touch of malt.

Taste is mildly sweet clean flavor despite the high alcohol content.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability? This is REALLY just a very smooth malt liquor.

Zorro, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.18/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consistent and persistent fully head tops this light golden colored beer. The nose is greeted with hops and a slight flowery smell.

Taste is pretty clear and weak. There are hops in the end of the flavor and hints of pear left on the tongue, but it is otherwise very flavorless.

GuinnessSmurf, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of genaro
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a nice clear gold color with a small head that vanished quickly. There was no lace to speak of. The aroma was grainy and slightly metallic with traces of alcohol. The taste was that of sweet, grainy malt and alcohol coupled with a decent hop bite. The mouthfeel was smooth and mellow and seemed a little doughy towards a sweet, dryish finish. The high alcohol level gives you a good relaxing buzz.

genaro, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.1/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Baltika Extra #9! Man those Russians like their alcohol. 8% alcohol!!!!

Baltika pours a light yellow with heavy carbonation and a thick white head.

The aroma is grainy, some hops, and alcohol.

The taste is sharp! Strong alcohol taste in this beer. I detect some hops but its very bitter and not very enjoyable. Cheap corn flavor like what you find in a Busch or Milwaukee's Best.

The mouthfeel stings! Most likely from the 8% alcohol.

Sorry comrades, to me beer is about the taste not the alcohol content!

NJpadreFan, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
1.7/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: clear, pale yellow color, utterly transparent and shallow, but blessed with a full and frothy pure white head.
Aroma: ill. Corny, flat, typical of most pale lagers, but with no redeeming qualities, sticky sweet, too, almost painfully so...
Taste: NONE!!! Clean, empty, but potent in the strength. A panther in pajamas, silky, but strong, and ultimately very thinly bodied, and utterly flavorless.
As has been noted previously, a basic Baltic malt likka...who needs it...learn from my sad experience...avoid like the bubonic plague!!!

feloniousmonk, Nov 19, 2003
Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
66 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.